Moving to New Zealand
Nau mai, haere mai. If you are a Kiwi returning home or someone coming to New Zealand for the first time, kia ora and welcome. New Zealand is very much a destination country with people moving here from all corners of the world.
Named by New Zealand's indigenous Maori people as Aotearoa, 'land of the long white cloud'. Or perhaps otherwise known as 'Gods own'. So, if it's the temperate climate and lovely beaches of the North Island, and stunning scenery of the South Island that attract you, we can move you to New Zealand.
Moving to New Zealand Services
Being a country that is surrounded by water, our New Zealand ports and airports are very well served and as such, we are able to provide reliable and regular door-to-door services throughout the country.
New Zealand Moving Destinations
With our five nationwide branches we are able to serve all of New Zealand, from the major cities of Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill to everywhere between. And now it's the more popular lifestyle destinations of the South Island such as Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka and Marlborough that are bringing people to our shores.
Get a Quote for Moving to NZ
We don't need much to work out the cost of moving your belongings to your new home in New Zealand. Whatever your requirements, New Zealand Movers have a variety of quote options to suit your moving needs. To get started, simply complete the Free Quote request form on this page and we'll be in direct contact with you.
Moving to New Zealand Origins
With our knowledge and vast global network of affiliated partners we can originate your move from any country in the world.
Shipping Your Household Belongings to New Zealand
When moving to New Zealand it is important you are aware of the requirements as we are a country with unique requirements and restrictions. If you are not a New Zealand or Australian passport holder you will require a visa to live in New Zealand. In order to import your household goods into New Zealand they need to be cleared with the Customs and Quarantine (Biosecurity New Zealand) services. New Zealand is known for its clean, green image and reliance on it agriculture, horticulture and tourism sectors. Controls must be maintained against unwanted contaminants, diseases, insects and other pests. This can be a straightforward process and you will need to complete a declaration called an Unaccompanied Personal Baggage declaration and provide a copy of your passport.
New Zealand Custom Services*
The Customs service want to ensure you are not importing any prohibited/restricted items and collect any duty and tax which may be payable. To import your household goods into New Zealand free of duty and tax you must have been outside of New Zealand for more than 21 months and personally owned and used your household goods. Firearms can be imported into New Zealand and this process is strictly controlled, firstly you will need to obtain a New Zealand firearms licence and import permit from the New Zealand Police. There is some discretionary allowance for the free importation of alcohol as part of a home collection for your own consumption.
New Zealand Biosecurity and Quarantine Services*
To protect our borders from unwanted pests and contaminants New Zealand has a very strict Quarantine service called Biosecurity New Zealand. It is their responsibility to screen every single shipment of household effects that comes into New Zealand. Screening is done in the first instance via documentation, Biosecurity will review your completed declaration and inventory of goods to profile check you and see if you have any declared or undeclared risks goods in your shipment. If they are satisfied that your shipment poses no risk then it will be cleared for entry. If they evaluate that there may be risk then your shipment will require a physical inspection upon arrival. In some instances where you have a sole use container this inspection can take place at your residence upon delivery, otherwise it will take place at the warehouse. Items which are commonly stopped for inspection are outdoor items, sporting goods, bicycles, animal products, plant products, etc. Following an inspection, it will be decided if your shipment is cleared and ok for entry or if any items require treatment such as fumigation and steam cleaning before they get the OK.
Shipping Your Motor Vehicle to New Zealand*
Thinking about shipping your car or motor vehicle to New Zealand? If so there is much you need to know in order to make an informed decision. There are a number of processes and requirements to import a vehicle and be able to drive it on the roads of New Zealand. Vehicles need to be cleared with the Customs services, Quarantine service (Biosecurity), and New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). To assist you here is a basic guide to importing a motor vehicle into New Zealand.
The first thing you should do when considering importing a vehicle is contact the LTSA to ensure your vehicle is actually allowed into New Zealand. Depending on your circumstances your vehicle may have to comply with 'Frontal Impact' and 'Omission' standards. Once your motor vehicle has arrived in New Zealand it needs to be certified that it meets all road safety standards and registered for use on the road. Note that certification can only take place after a motor vehicle has been cleared by Customs and Biosecurity.
There is currently no duty levied on motor vehicles imported into New Zealand, however there is GST tax of 15%. Fortunately, you are able to import a vehicle free of GST provided you meet the following criteria: you are in New Zealand, hold a New Zealand or Australian passport, or a have the appropriate visa, you have been outside of New Zealand for more than 21 months, have personally owned and used the vehicle for at least 12 months before shipping, and you don't sell the vehicle within 24 months of importation. If not, then you will have to pay GST.
All motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, and caravans coming into New Zealand are subject to a physical inspection by the Quarantine security (Biosecurity) upon arrival. If there are any contaminants found on or in your vehicle such as soil, plant material, insect or animal material it will require steam cleaning. To try and avoid these expensive charges we recommend that you have your vehicle thoroughly cleaned on the interior and exterior before shipping.
* Disclaimer: All information provided is a general guide only and can change without notice. We suggest making contact with the appropriate authorities for verification.
Packing your Belongings
It is our recommendation that we professionally pack your goods. We use the best materials available and employ the best techniques to ensure your goods arrive safely. We also custom-build wooden crates for fragile and precious items. Every single item moving will be packaged in some form, thus if it is not packed inside a carton it will be export wrapped. Once packed, all goods will be numbered with a label sticker and recorded on a removal inventory. Whilst it is our recommendation that we pack your goods it is not mandatory, you are welcome to pack some or all of your goods yourself. We can assist you in this process by providing you with packing materials and a handy packing guide. Safety is only one reason for packing your goods well, the other is for the efficient handling and processing of your shipment by the Customs and Quarantine services. Ensure risk items are packed together and clearly identified on an inventory as this can save considerable time and cost when inspected by the Quarantine service.
Storing your Belongings
All of our network of five nationwide branches have secure storage warehouses available to cater for your long- or short-term storage requirements. This may be especially helpful when you arrive in New Zealand and are looking for a new home and want to take your time in order to find the right place that suits all your needs. Each individual warehouse is operated with 24-hour, 7 day a week security monitoring. With the exception of Hamilton, each warehouse is also fully bonded by the New Zealand Customs and Quarantine Services. Thus giving you real peace of mind whilst entrusting your personal possessions to our care.
Insuring Your Belongings
It is very important to consider the protection of your goods during relocation to New Zealand as there is always an element of risk. Peace of mind is paramount, thankfully, we are able to offer a range of comprehensive insurance options to ensure your personal possessions are well covered should the unlikely happen. You are in good hands with our policies being underwritten by Vero marine, one of the world's largest and most reputable insurance providers.
Special Moving Services
And to top it off and make your move complete we can provide house cleaning services, arrange the transferring of your funds to New Zealand with foreign exchange services and perhaps even valet unpacking at your destination to really put the finishing touches in place. And if it's the assistance of setting up a new life in New Zealand you need, we have resettlement services offering, home find, school find, and community orientation.
Foreign exchange transfers with XE Money Transfer
If you require currency exchange, we will introduce you to XE Money Transfer, one of New Zealand's leading Foreign exchange companies, to arrange the transferring of your funds to New Zealand. With discounted fees and the best exchange rates available as a benefit to you by moving to the New Zealand with New Zealand Movers.
Moving to New Zealand FAQ